Originally Posted by mike-tee
Good point! A couple of years ago, this is how I also envisioned things shaking down. I could be wrong here but while I love BD, I still feel that somehow things would have been more stable if HD was the reigning format??? But it's a moot point because for better or worse, BD is currently the best hi-def format.
I thought the same thing. I imagined if HDDVD had won the twin discs would become standard format (not the flipper discs, but those 3 layer discs (2 HDDVD, 1 DVD on the same side) that Toshiba was working on. They could effectively "force" everyone to buy the HD and DVD on the same disc for every movie, and people could choose whether or not they cared for the HD media.
Of course the problem with this really neat theory is that Sony owns their own picture studio, and Toshiba does not. So Sony, Columbia, MGM (at the time) could have potentially drug their feet for years had bluray lost.
The best solution would have been to avoid the format war. BRD/HDDVD/whatever they called it would have bene much better off than BRD is today.